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Monday, January 22, 2018
Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of its former team physician sexually abusing female gymnasts, a step the organization said would support its reform efforts. USA Gymnastics has been criticized by several of the sport's top gymnasts during the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of molesting female gymnasts. About 160 victims were expected to make statements in Ingham County Circuit Court in... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.  Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances of cure are best.  In a study Thursday in the journal Science, Johns Hopkins University scientists looked to see how well their... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
As the Afghan capital, Kabul, recovers from a deadly attack over the weekend that killed 19 people, some survivors shared their experiences with VOA. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but an Afghan Interior Ministry statement claimed the Taliban-allied Haqqani network of terrorists plotted the violence. (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
500 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) graduated from U.S.-led coalition training this week to join a border protection force of 30,000 members assigned to northern Syria's borders after Islamic State's defeat. VOA's Zana Omar reports. (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
France will hire an extra 95 customs officers this year in a fast-track procedure to cope with the consequences of Brexit on its borders, officials said on Monday, bringing to 250 the number of additional British-focused staff recruited in 2018. In a sign that European countries are now taking concrete steps to deal with a possible return to customs checks on British trade, French customs have already advertised the new positions on their website. The deadline to apply for some 35... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Sudanese authorities on Monday released a Reuters journalist and an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter who were detained while covering protests in Khartoum on Wednesday last week. Reuters regained contact with its Sudanese reporter, Khalid Abdelaziz, on Monday evening for the first time since before his arrest. He said he had not been mistreated, and was released alongside the AFP reporter and another local journalist. No charges were filed against the reporters, who were detained in... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Ecuador's president is lashing out at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange even as he contends his government is working behind the scenes to help him out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London.  Lenin Moreno said in a televised interview Sunday that Assange had become “more than a nuisance” after he violated terms of his asylum by interfering in other countries’ political affairs. Ecuador granted citizenship to Assange this month in an unsuccessful attempt to provide him diplomatic... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform. "Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable," Murdoch, who controls the Wall Street Journal as executive chairman of News Corp., said in... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
No cashiers, no lines, no registers — this is how Amazon sees the future of in-store shopping. The online retailer opened its Amazon Go concept store to the public Monday, selling milk, potato chips and other items typically found at a convenience shop. Amazon employees have been testing the store, which is at the bottom floor of the company's Seattle headquarters, for about a year. The public opening is another sign that Amazon is serious about expanding its physical presence. It... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Pope Francis apologized Monday for remarks he made defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sex abuse, but he did not back down in his support of the bishop. On a flight to Rome following a weeklong trip to Chile and Peru, the pope told reporters he was sorry for his choice of words and the tone of his voice when answering a reporter's question about Bishop Juan Barros last week. He said his words "wounded many" and were a "slap" in the face. Last week,... (Full Story)
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